Emmanuel Macron

Address to Americans on Paris Climate Accord

delivered 2 June 2017, Paris, France


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Now, let me say a few words to our American friends.

Climate change is one of the major issue[s] of our time. It is already changing our daily lives but it is global. Everyone's impacted. And if we do nothing, our children will know a world of migrations, of wars, of shortage[s] -- a dangerous world.

It is not the future we want for ourselves.

It is not the future we want for our children.

It is not the future we want for our world.1

Today, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement. I do respect his decision, but I do think it is an actual mistake, both for the U.S. and for our planet.

I just said President Trump in a few words a few minutes ago this assessment.

Tonight, I wish to tell the United States, France believes in you.

The world believes in you.2

I know that you are a great nation. I know your history, our common history.

To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the President of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland.

I call on them: Come and work here with us, to work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment. I can assure you, France will not give up the fight.

I reaffirm clearly that the Paris agreement remains irreversible and will be implemented, not just by France but by all the other nations.

Over the coming hours, I will have the opportunity to speak with our main partners to define a common strategy and to launch new initiatives. I already know that I can count on them.

I call on you to remain confident. We will succeed, because we are fully committed.

Because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: Make Our Planet Great Again.

Thank you.

1 anaphora

2 epistrophe

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